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[[caption-width-right:300:Behold, the mystery of the flipping scar, eyepatch and hand wraps.]]

->''"Hey, I'm pretty sure it was the other headlight that was broken when I left."''
-->-- '''Detective Inspector Hector''', ''VideoGame/HectorBadgeOfCarnage''

Sprites are pixel art characters used in video games. Unlike a 3D model, you can't simply rotate a sprite to get a new view of it. Additional clothes, poses, and each frame of animation for actions have to be made almost entirely from scratch. For this reason, artists will usually make sprites perfectly bilaterally symmetrical so that any poses or actions made while facing left can simply be flipped to make the same poses and actions facing right. On earlier platforms there were also memory size concerns, so it was often more efficient to mirror the sprite than to store the opposite poses, especially with graphics hardware that made horizontal flipping as simple as changing one bit of sprite data.

However, sometimes a character doesn't lend themselves well to symmetry. They might have an object in one hand, an [[EyepatchOfPower eye patch]] or [[GoodScarsEvilScars scar]] on one side, or some other form of FashionableAsymmetry. Whatever it is, simply flipping the sprite causes the feature to "change sides." In the most blatant examples, the sprite will have letters or numbers on it which flip with the sprite.

Sometimes, developers will take the time to make a separate sprite for both the left and right facings. Usually, though, they won't bother.

This isn't limited to 2D games, although it is most common there. Older 3D games store the views of the character positioned in 45-degree increments, but will stop at 180 degrees and make up the three remaining views through mirroring. In addition, some modern 3D fighting games mirror the character animations intentionally to resemble their 2D precursors. Another reason for 3D fighting game using this is balance - if a character naturally stands with one arm slightly in front of the other, then if one of their attacks is dependent on the weapon they hold in that hand then it could have less range purely dependent on what direction they're facing. TropesAreNotBad, it still seems.

With the advent of Flash as an animation platform, this is starting to leak from video games into animation as well; compare CheatedAngle. See also RightHandedLeftHandedGuns, an example of this trope specific to the player's weapons in a FirstPersonShooter.

Since this is a ubiquitous trope, please only note examples where it is either glaringly obvious or averted.


[[folder:Action Adventure Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Puzzle Bobble 3]]'' a.k.a. ''[[TitleConfusion Bust-A-Move '99 (or 3)]]'' had Lunaluna. [[note]] since the names were not outright revealed, "that one fortune teller lady with the crystal ball and affinity for tarot cards. [[/note]] [[PeekaBangs Her hair was made so that the left side of her head was covered with a very long bang that covered quite a bit of length of her body.]] [[FashionableAsymmetry The other side was barely shoulder length.]] All artwork depicting her throughout the game had shown her with the long hair to her left, including splash screens, the ending, etc, but there was one problem. When playing her as Player 1, she is flipped so her long hair is on the wrong side and can't be fixed. It is only fixed when you face her (but you aren't the one in control) or when you play as Player 2 (in which [[ColorCodedMultiplayer her hair is now green]]).
** Something similar happens with Lip's hair in ''VideoGame/PanelDePon''; she has a swirl on the right side of her head and a flipped-up part on the other. Naturally, this gets reversed when any of her sprites are mirrored. For bonus points, her Vs. Mode artwork is only displayed in its "correct" orientation if player 2 selects her in multiplayer!
* Most of the incarnations of Link are left-handed, but in the first few ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games his sword and shield will switch hands depending on which way he's facing. The player's guide for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' mentioned how Link [[SerendipityWritesThePlot superstitiously kept his shield between him and Death Mountain]]. Actually averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' since Link will always have his sword in his left hand and his shield on his right if equipped.
* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' - In the [[VideoGame/{{Metroid1}} original NES game]], Samus' arm cannon would spontaneously switch arms, depending on which way she's looking.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' justifies this with non-player characters by giving them turning animations, allowing them to move whatever objects they're holding around so that they look the same facing the other direction (like Torahime switching her bow from one hand to the other.) Averted in one of the DLC chapters: one character's DistinguishingMark on his shoulder, normally hidden by his clothing, does disappear from his sprite when he takes off his shirt and turns around in the hot spring.
* ''Werewolf: The Last Warrior'' had a hilarious usage where certain types of guards would see the player and shout "OH!" before going for their guns. If they were facing a certain way, their cry of alarm, ''exclamation mark and all'', would be totally flipped around (!HO).

[[folder:Action Games]]
* It's not just limited to sprites, either. ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' mirrors your character's skeleton if you put your back to cover in a way that'll make your character use his left hand. Even some of the weapons magically mirror scopes, bolts etc.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}: Hard Corps'' - Brad Fang has a cybernetic arm on the side closest to the background and a gun on the foreground side. [[MultipleEndings While even the different endings are not consistent]], the promotional illustrations depicts his left arm as his gun arm.
* ''Rastan Saga'' - The enemy guards in the castle stages are demon-headed humanoid warriors that have one half of their skin in green and the other half in white flesh tone.

[[folder:Beat 'em ups]]
* Most games in this genre do this whenever a character is holding a weapon. They change hands when they look in a different direction. This is especially noticeable in weapon-based belt-scrollers like Sega's ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' and Capcom's ''[[VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' games.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight''
** The suspender on Mike Haggar's pants tends to switch sides depending on whether he's facing right or left. In most official artworks and character select profiles, it is shown going around the right side of his chest. This is averted in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', where his suspender is always on the right shoulder.
** The enemy grunts [[OneLetterName J]] and Two P have designs on the back of their jackets that are flipped whenever either of them change directions. It's particularly notable with J's jacket, who wears an atomic symbol on his back that has the word "BAD" written atop of it, which is mirrored when J is facing to the right.
* ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredatorCapcom'' - All the player characters have asymmetrical designs ([[http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=thumbs&db=videodb&id=5293 as shown on the game's brochure]]) that differs in-game depending on whether the player is facing left or right.
** Linn Kurosawa has a large studded shoulder guard on her left shoulder, as well as knife holster on her right leg. Strangely, they're switched by default on her in-game sprite, since all the player characters start the game facing right. The hilt of the katana she carries on the back of her waist also switches sides to the opposite of her current direction.
** Dutch Schaeffer has a cybernetic right arm that switches to his left arm (the arm closest to the foreground) when facing left.
** Both of the Predators wield weapons that they hold on their right arms by default (a spear for Predator Warrior and a halberd Predator Hunter). Hunter also wears a claw on the same hand he uses to wield his weapon.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''
** Machine Gun Willy, the final boss, wears a single spiked shoulder pad which switches from his left shoulder when facing left and to his right when facing right. The promotional illustrations for the [[http://www.gamengai.com/bn_inf.php?id=1639 arcade]] and [[http://www.gamengai.com/bn_inf.php?id=512 Famicom]] versions clearly shows Willy wearing his shoulder pad on his right shoulder.
** The cardboard box that appears in the beginning of Mission 2 in the NES version has "TJC" (the initials for Technos Japan Corp.) written on it. The letters are flipped whenever the cardboard is "facing" to the left.
** In the arcade version of ''Double Dragon II'', the enemy character Rowper wears an eyepatch which switches to his left eye when he's facing right and vice-versa. He didn't wear it in any other installment in the series.
** Despite featuring polygon models instead of bitmapped sprites, ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'' also utilizes sprite mirroring. The Lindas in particular have a tattoo above one of their breasts that changes from her right breast when she's facing right to her left breast when facing left.
* ''[[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Video Game]]'' - When Matthew Patel is facing left, his hair covers his left eye, but when facing right, his hair covers his right eye. Also, Knives' highlights will move to different sides of her hair depending on the direction she's facing.
* ''VideoGame/ThePunisherCapcom'' - The two player characters, Frank Castle and Nick Fury, both have a gun holster on one of their legs. The [[http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=thumbs&db=videodb&id=825 official brochure]] depicts them wearing the holsters on their respective right legs. Oddly enough, Nick Fury's eye-patch averts this by always appearing on his left eye, no matter which direction he is facing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Growl}}'' - Nitroman, the Round 1 boss, wears a shoulder pad and an armband on the side that he's not facing.
* ''Riot City'' - Paul (the Player 1 character) wears white bandages around the arm closest to his front side.
* ''The Death and Return of Superman'' - The Cyborg and Steel.

[[folder:Eastern RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' - Not only are the battle sprites flipped, making characters wield their weapons on different hands depending on which way they are facing, the overworld and talking sprites are also mirrored. The latter is usually not a problem, since most of the characters are rather symmetric... except with Zexion, whose right eye is ([[AmbidextrousSprite supposed to be]]) covered by his hair. The mirroring of his sprites is thus a little bit more noticeable.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound''
** The Runaway Five's van doesn't do a particularly good job of this. During part of the trip, when it's driving left, it reads YAWAИUЯ.
** Ness's sprites when walking horizontally or diagonally are mirrored. However, he's also the sole character whose "walking towards the screen [south]" animation doesn't use simple mirroring.
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce'': Character portraits in dialogue scenes are accurate representations of the character models when on the right side of the screen. Character portraits on the left side of the screen are ''always'' mirror images.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has several characters that are asymmetrical. Despite the aversion(s) listed below, earlier games often had only one sprite set for Sanji, a character that very distinctively has one eye covered by his hair, and the other one has a curly eyebrow. Other characters that should have issues are Luffy, with his scar under his eye, Zoro, with his chest scar, Nami with her tattoo, Chopper who technically has one of his antlers reattached, Franky, who has different weapons on different sides and are named as such (IE Weapons Left), and at one time Brook had a crack in his skull. Few if any of the other ones have been issues, either due to clothes covering them up, the details being too pixelated to tell anyways, or the character simply [[LongRunners not having been around long enough]] to have been in a Gameboy game.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' - Some characters have ambidextrous designs. Quite possibly done intentionally, seeing how the fact that all the characters literally ''are'' 2D is a selling point.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' ended up going into DevelopmentHell when the graphics team had to avert this while designing the game's unique SpritePolygonMix.
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' tried very hard not to flip one character's chat portrait since she was basically FashionableAsymmetry embodied and [[RummageSaleReject ludicrously over-accessorized]]. Whenever she's flipped, heterochromia, star-shaped beauty mark on one breast, and so on, and so forth, are all reversed, and it's distractingly obvious. You'd think [[WTHCostumingDepartment someone on the design team would keep that whole "sprite flip" thing in mind]], but no.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has this issue when it comes to the larger sprites during cut scenes. Most noticeable is Sho's sprite. His tattooed arm is on his left when facing the west but on his right when facing the east. We're still not completely certain which of Sho's [[MarkOfTheBeast arms is black]]...
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', the pirates have eye patches. Whether they're looking left or right, the eye patch is always over their visible eye.
* Happens to Sion in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' after his eye is taken out early in the game. His right eye gets taken out, but if he's walking right his eye is left un-patched, a mirror to his sprite when walking left.
* ''Manga/InazumaEleven'' had this hold true in the overworld sprites of their DS games, which is jarring when hand-in-hand with PeekABangs characters such as Kazemaru and Edgar, or those with eyepatches like Sakuma.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' has a partial exception. One of the party members, Rosch, has [[ArtificialLimbs a mechanical prosthetic]] in place of his left arm, and it stays on his left whichever way his sprite is facing. However, it will magically migrate over to his right arm whenever his ''portrait'' is facing the other way, as well as [[spoiler:when you have to fight him, causing his battle sprite to be mirrored as well]]. Otherwise, done completely straight; in particular, the main character's shield has a nasty habit of switching arms whenever he turns around.
* A somewhat bizarre case in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is that some Pokemon flip aspects of themselves between their front and back sprites... which are ''not'' mirror images of one another. For example, Marowak holds its bone in a different hand, and the off-center gear on the Klink family is always on the viewer's left side.
* Made by the same company as the above-mentioned Muramasa, ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' also utilizes turning animations to try and justify this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' III, Jr's earring change position when his character portrait faces the opposite direction, in dialogue scenes.


[[folder:Fighting Game]]
* In general, 2D fighting games (even titles created in a 3D engine) are designed so that the characters do not turn their backs to the camera, as 1) giving characters two unique sprite sets puts extra work on the development team, and 2) characters can gain/lose an advantage from being on a particular side, which can lead to combos not working (or, worse, can create [[GameBreaker infinite combo opportunities.]]) Always having one sprite set evens up the odds of victory.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** Sagat has had a diagonal scar across his chest (due to Ryu defeating him with a Shoryuken) since the first ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' installment, along with an eyepatch he has worn over one of his eyes since the original game. However, the eye and direction of the scar change depending on which side of the stage he's on. While all the illustrations since ''Street Fighter II'' depicts Sagat's eyepatch on his right side, some of the original art for the first ''Street Fighter'' depicts Sagat with the eyepatch on his left eye.
** Guile has the American flag tattooed on both of his shoulders, but the Stars and Stripes mirror backwards depending on which way he's facing. This is something of a TruthInTelevision. Guile's tattoos mimic the flag patches on military uniforms. Since the U.S. flag has no lateral symmetry, there are certain rules as to how the patches are worn. Notably, the blue field and stars are supposed to be oriented toward the front of the wearer, meaning a patch worn on the left shoulder looks like normal U.S. flag, but a patch worn on the right shoulder is mirrored. It's symbolic of the flag flying backwards as the soldier charges into battle. Unfortunately, when they redrew his sprites in ''Alpha 3'', they got it ''backwards'', and now his uber-patriotic tattoos are wrong no matter which way he's facing.
** Interestingly, both ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' (the latter in 3D) actually avert this for some details - Sagat's eyepatch and scar stay correctly aligned regardless of which way he's facing, as do Vega's dragon tattoo and asymmetrical sash. However, characters' move sets in ''Street Fighter IV'' are still mirrored so that they never turn their backs on the camera - this also includes the talon on Vega's right hand, which will swap sides without any conscious effort on his part whenever he turns around. Old habits die hard it seems. This is most likely implemented in these games to prevent HitboxDissonance if a character fights or is hit when facing a certain direction.
** Likewise Oro from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', who binds his right arm to [[WillfullyWeak stop himself from killing his opponent.]] This didn't stop him from being subjected to this, however.
** While Cammy for the most part was symmetrically designed, she had a few issues with mirroring. In ''Super Street Fighter II'', the red triangle on her chest and leg camouflage would switch locations. She wore a different costume for ''VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter'', where she now wore asymmetrical gauntlets. Her jumping heavy punch has the elbow guard on the opposite arm.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', despite featuring 3D models, the biggest example is Spencer's bionic arm, which changes sides depending on whether he is facing left or right. Amaterasu, when using her Rosary Weapon (that's the whip weapon for non-VideoGame/{{Okami}}-ites), will, for one button, slam them from above her, to in front of her, then to behind her. This switches sides depending on which way she's facing, always facing away from the camera on the second attack. There's also Dante's one-sleeved longcoat, which changes the ripped sleeve if you jump to your opponent's other side.
** Characters that use guns, like Wesker, will also change which hand they hold the gun in depending on which direction they're facing.
** While not as much a problem as Spencer's, in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' Cable's bionic arm will also switch sides depending on which way he's facing. Also, characters that wield weapons will swap hands when they turn around.
* Do note that for both ''Street Fighter IV'' and ''Marvel Vs. Capcom 3'', it is a JustifiedTrope as the games still primarily play in a 2D plane. It is shown that attacks are much easier to tell regardless of position because of the mirroring effect.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'':
** Baiken has a missing eye and arm, which periodically swap sides.
** Dizzy's wings flip, too. If you use that Overdrive with Necro, you can even see the coffin is flipped.
** Sol Badguy holds Fuuenken with his left hand, but that's only reflected in-game if he's on the left side of the screen.
** This trope is so ingrained into the series, and classic fighting games in general, that ''Guilty Gear Xrd'' goes out of its way to replicate it despite the fact that the game uses 3D polygons instead of sprites. When characters change sides, their entire model flips, up to and including eyepatches like Sin and Baiken wear - the only things that remain consistent between sides are text on their clothes, such as Ky and Sol's respective belts with "HOPE" and "FREE" etched into the buckles.
* Genjuro from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' has a diagonal scar on his back. UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei has an eyepatch. They flip when the characters turn around.
** That's not the worst of it. Haohmaru doesn't look as bad as some others (two-handed grip can just shift). One-handed weapon wielders (Charlotte, Cham Cham, Ukyo) can be handwaved by saying they're holding it in their other hand. Some two-handed wielders can get away with this too (Wan-Fu and Caffeine Nicotine especially--Nicotine's an old man with a staff, and Wan Fu's huge stone pillar probably gets heavy). Then there's Gen-An and Neinhalt Sieger, with their huge GLOVE weapons. Those... Don't switch that easily...
* In the 2D ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' {{Fighting Game}}s for the DS, Chad's "Right Arm of the Giant" will switch places with his left depending on which way he faces. The sequel averts this.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Ragna the Bloodedge canonically carries his sword in his left hand, and the Azure Grimoire on his [[spoiler:artificial]] right hand. In-game, the Azure is always on the hand closest to the "camera" and the sword always in opposite hand. One of his TooManyBelts changes sides as well. Interestingly enough, the color of his MismatchedEyes will always remain the correct position, regardless on which side he is currently facing.
** Carl's hat and Nirvana's ring also dance from left to right.
** Nu's EyepatchOfPower is completely covered by her [[CyberCyclops Murakumo unit visor]], possibly to avoid such issues. However, it still happens in some of her pre-battle intros.
** Litchi's hair ponytail location also switch between left to right at times. However, in story modes, each of her poses are never flipped, thus averting the trope.
** Other characters with asymmetrical designs (Jubei with his eyepatch, Tager with his white hair streak, characters wielding weapons and sheathes, Nine's PeekABangs, Valkenhayn's hair bang, etc.) have either flipped models and/or flipped story sprites.
* And, despite using 3D models, Freed of ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia'' has a giant hook for one hand that blatantly switches from left to right.
* Kano's bionic eye in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' always faced the camera until the series went into 3D.
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (despite using 3D models instead of digitized sprites) would still employ mirroring if the characters reversed sides. It was especially noticeable with weapon-wielding characters, and also with Sub-Zero's scar switching from his right eye to his left. WordOfGod confirms that this required a special routine to be implemented and was [[EnforcedTrope absolutely intentional]], since normal [=3D=] models don't do that.
* While normally averted in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', the fourth game uses this intentionally with about half of the cast, making their front side face the screen more often. This only applies to animations, however; details like the "L" on Luigi's cap are still oriented correctly no matter which way the character is facing.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters]]'' also had a plenty of these. First, we have another bionic eye example, except the one who has it this time is Rugal. Next, Brian Battler's... thing on the shoulder. But well, those were early examples, thanks to the fact they both were in [=KoF94... but then they were harmlessly re-implanted in KoF98. And 2002. And Capcom VS SNK=], except Battler is nowhere to be seen in the last two.
** More recent example: K'. May not carry this illness at first, but you may notice that he wears a red glove on one of his hands. Look closer and you'll never figure out on which exactly.
** Even more recent example: Bonne Jenet, who was carried into the series (for a short time) from ''Garou: Mark of the Wolves''. Even if this game had really smooth animation, it couldn't fix the problem with mirroring for some reason, so now her dress with Jolly Roger drawn on it is either on the left side, or the right, depeding on which side she's facing.
* The ''Manga/RaveMaster'' game for the [=GameCube=] uses 3D characters, but the scenes between fights uses 2D images, which it flips, of course. For some characters, this is just fine, even on Musica one might not notice that his piercings moved to the other side of his face, but the tattoo that takes up half of Sieg Hart's face or, worse, the tattoo that covers half of Go's ''body'' are impossible to miss.
* Heart Aino of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' wear ribbons on one of her wrists. Which wrist varies according to which side of the screen she's on.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 12.3: Hisoutensoku'':
** Utsuho has the same problem that Mega Man does: her control rod/arm cannon is suppose to be on her right arm, yet it switches sides depending on which way she's facing.
** Suika's ribbon on one of her horns.
** Yukari's umbrella.
*** The yin-yang on Yukari's dress.
** Both Patchouli and Alice's books.
** Reimu and Sanae's ''gohei''.
** Reisen's ears.
** Aya's fan.
** The ribbon in Remilia's hat.
* The American flag on the back of Geese Howard's gi in the first ''VideoGame/FatalFury''.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' has this, given most characters are armed, it's quite clear:
** Even Akihiko, the boxer is subject to this due to his asymmetric design.
** Due to the necessity of making characters face the camera, this trope makes TheSouthpaw Akihiko and RoyalRapier-using Mitsuru use their non-dominant hands when they're player one.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has a few cases of this.
** Parasoul has her weapon always in the hand closest to the opponent while she's facing the screen, as well as her PeekABangs changing which eye it covers. This one isn't as bad as the other examples as she has specific animations of her changing hands and hair whenever the opponent crosses over her.
** Valentine is a little more on the weird side in comparison, as she has an eyepatch, making her issue similar to Sagat mentioned above. In addition, the handle of her saw somehow magically flips sides while still stored inside her fanny pack.
** Squigly is the most absurd example in the game. Not only is she also missing an eye that she covers with PeekABangs, she also has an arm that's completely decayed to the bone, and has her parasite Leviathan come out of one of her two GirlishPigtails, and all of the above flips sides sides depending on where she's facing. Ironically, some concept art had her averting this trope, with everything on one side, hinting that she might have been created for the sole reason of averting this trope...and yet it's played straight anyway.
*** This is partially explained - during Squigly's "turning around" animation, Leviathan withdraws into her head and pops out on the opposite side. There's no such justification for her skeleton arm and the remaining pigtail (the one that didn't fall off), though.
** As well as the above, Peacock and Beowulf swap the hands they wield their various weaponry with when they turn around as well (given that a lot of these are one-handed).
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallFighterZ'': Like ''Xrd'' above, ''[=FighterZ=]'' uses 3D models, but every character facing to the right has their model flipped. Given that a lot of characters have asymmetrical designs, it's very obvious. The models are even flipped during intro animation and battle animation, and you see that their poses and facial expressions are also mirrored as well.
* While ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' generally averts this trope, it's played straight for Hellboy as his signature RightHandOfDoom is sometimes seen on his left hand depending on which direction he's facing.

[[folder:First-Person Shooter]]
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' gives the option for players to have their guns appear in the lower right (standard), center, or left of the HUD. Left-handed guns are mirror images of the standard view--which wouldn't be noticeable except that some of the guns have serial numbers on them, which are backwards on the left-handed versions.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is guilty of this, as well, in terms of the quality of left-handed viewmodels. Most weapons don't have text on them, but those that do are reversed, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA2wWiJPNs0 this video]] of a ЯƎϤϤAϨ-OЯTϽƎ˩Ǝ illustrates.
** Demoman's icon placed next to his health bar has his eyepatch over his ''left'' eye, when it's supposed to be his right eye.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' does this for some weapons, too: text on the laser gun, for example, reads "XL-2" on the left side and "S-˩X" on the right.
* ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' counts; the original designer of the gun models was left-handed and as such modeled the weapons being used left-handed - and, to save the mostly right-handed playerbase from being disoriented by this, added an option for right-handed guns, which simply [[RightHandedLeftHandedGuns mirrored the left-hand models]] rather than making separate right-handed models for them. This results in a number of anomalies in the models, such as ejection ports on the left side of multiple guns throwing spent brass into the player's face; however, ''Global Offensive'' modeled the weapons properly for right-hand use, and some weapons in earlier versions, like the [=MP5=] in ''Source'', were explicitly modeled to be used right-handed.

[[folder:Massively Multiplayer Online RPG]]
* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', ''every piece of equipment'' will follow this trope.
** Also happens in the suspiciously similar MMORPG ''VideoGame/LaTale.''
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has this with its 2D sprites, though some headgears are not flipped/mirrored (Such as the ribbon).
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', being a 2D MMO, also follows this trope.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' has mostly symmetrical designs for the PlayerCharacter's default design, except for the Male Slayer/Dark Knight class who's left arm is colored differently from a DemonicPossession, and facing the left will make the possessed arm switch to the right.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'': Because the game is 2-D with a top-down perspective, your character holds his weapon in either his left or right hand, depending on the direction he is facing.

* ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' does this with sprites that aren't for the "attacking" states, ex. Lester moves with the laser pistol in his right hand but has it in his left when crouched in the respective pose and direction.
** ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'' plays with this trope by having Conrad put his handgun in his other hand as he turns around, while standing still with it held upwards.
* ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife'' makes an interesting case of this. It's played straight in the Rapo of Heather, who has a face that's half yellow and half black (think like Comicbook/TwoFace), yet inexplicably, when she turns to either side, you always see the yellow side. However, since the player makes the player sprite himself, whether it uses this trope or not is up to him or her.
* VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} switches hands with his gun depending on which way he faces, even while [[ChargedAttack charging]].
** An upgrade in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'' took this to its logical conclusion, and let you charge both arms simultaneously.
** Note that the original Mega Man, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax in one cutscene]], did in fact fire charged shots from both arms, with BigBad Dr. Wily displaying a major OhCrap expression at the sight.
*** Interestingly enough, this is [[ContinuityNod referenced]] in ''Super Adventure Rockman'', [[spoiler:where Rock uses the twin Mega Busters to defeat the Big Bad]].
** This animation error carries over to X's knock-off {{Exp|y}}ies, ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'''s [[{{Mooks}} Pantheons]]. They have arm cannons or stun batons on one hand, but it always gets switched every time they change direction.
** This was actually {{lampshaded}} in ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. George, who is a recolored Mega Man, has to wear an eye patch at one point and realizes that the thing [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/051118 changes what eye it's on depending on the direction he's facing]] ([[MediumAwareness Stupid sprite comic]]); he admits in the commentary that he even went out of his way to [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/051112c keep the tools in Dr. Light's hands consistent]] to intentionally contrast playing the trope straight with the eyepatch a week later. It was further parodied in a fan edit, where George's eyepatch still changes sides, but [[http://i.imgur.com/9Bf3Ffd.png his eye injury doesn't.]]
** This is sort of {{handwave}}d in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''. Apparently he can turn both of his hands into busters. Also somewhat handwaved by Roll, who pulls out a buster and attaches it to her arm rather than turning her arm into a buster.
** Somewhat averted with the games' bosses, as bosses with {{Arm Cannon}}s will usually have two.
** In the original ''Mega Man X'', Sting Chameleon has a normal eye on his right side and a cybernetic one on his left... allegedly. In-game (except for his introduction animation), the cybernetic eye is always the one closer to the camera, which unfortunately makes it hard to tell he has a normal eye at all.
** ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' gives Mega Man apparent ambidexterity and cannons on both arms, but he [[TheSouthpaw favors his left]] in his debut trailer and Final Smash cutscene. Since in the source games, he usually faced right and shot with his farther (left) hand, this makes sense. In fact, in his Final Smash, all the Mega Men except [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork EXE]] shoot left-handed, similarly reflecting how they appear in the games.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the main character always holds the current weapon in his left hand when facing right, and visa versa.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}''[='=]s side-scrolling platformer games for the GBA, the Pac-Man logo on his hat changes sides. This is made more obvious by story scenes and some of his front and rear sprites showing that it only appears on one side.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings II'', Baleog's robotic arm would switch arms depending on which way he was facing. A bit more obvious when climbing ladders.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', the Crawl badniks always have a shield on whichever arm is closest to the screen. ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' actually animates them switching the shield from one arm to the other when they turn around.
** ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'' has Tails' plane reading SONIC in reverse during the ending, where it is flying left after dropping the Master Emerald off at the Floating Island for Knuckles.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' does this; some examples are: Count Bleck (watch his monocle) and Dimentio (his masks colors switch when he faces different directions). Justified in that they literally are two-dimensional entities that literally flip over when they turn around.
** Luigi and Mr. L are noticeable aversions: Luigi's insignia always faces the correct way; Mr. L's is always backward.
** ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}'' does this, as well; the rally car inexplicably named "GEORGE" has a 5 on it, which is reversed when facing left.
* Rare 3D platformer game example: Rosalina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' normally has her PeekaBangs cover the right side of her face, but from certain angles, her bangs will cover the left side of her face instead.
* Happens to Stinkoman in ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6'' whenever he's wearing the stone fist he got from defeating [[GiantHandsofDoom Stlunko]] while he's still in Level 4.
* The GBA ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' titles do this. The final boss of [[VideoGame/CrashBandicootTheHugeAdventure the first game]] has a metal helmet over half his face, which switches if you somehow get past him. The [[spoiler:second-to-last]] boss of [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot2NTranced the second]] has a whacking great projectile claw on one arm and is designed to face both ways in his battle routine, but does this anyway.
* Averted in ''Videogame/MarvinsMittens''. Marvin's left Mitten is stolen at the outset and his left hand is always the mittenless one, no matter which direction he faces.
* This happens with Milla Basset from ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', who's bracelets and anklets swap colors when she faces another direction.
* Ray from ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' makes a DLC guess appearance in ''[[VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt Mighty Gunvolt Burst]]'', yet her asymmetrical features (her partially exposed endoskeleton from her face, missing left horn, different arms/hands, and a mouth-like design on the right side of her torso) egregiously always swap places and making it appear as she has two normal eyes, her face appearing normal, and her arms identical.
* All of the sprites in ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' are perfectly symmetrical so that the author could do this.

[[folder:Puzzle Game]]
* The most egregious example in ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'' would be Baleog's bionic arm in the second game. However, the first game has a curiosity: Baleog's character portrait (which faces right) shows his sword in the opposite arm from his right-facing sprites.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'', Miles Edgeworth points with his left hand while posing as a defense attorney in Phoenix's stead, despite being right-handed in his usual position behind the prosecutor's bench.
** In ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', the front-on sprites used in the Phoenix/Apollo arcs are changed to sprites seen from the side (as if conversing with each other). This results in Franziska's mole and jacket buttons changing sides. Gumshoe's band-aid, Kay's scarf, Calisto Yew's jacket... the list goes on.

[[folder:Racing Game]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'' does this with Luigi. The "L" on Luigi's cap in his avatar after the race is over gets mirrored when the game shows what place everyone came in.
* In the Amiga version of ''VideoGame/{{Outrun}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52fMZVASEcU#t=0m40s the driver and passenger swap seats]] when turning right. Oddly the number plate on the car doesn't flip over.
** The original arcade ''Outrun'' kept the car occupants on the right sides but the horse hood ornament was always flipping.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', the spinning record symbol on the back of Beat's shirt is facing the wrong direction. In [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio the game he's from]], the record is spinning to the right, but here, it's spinning to the left.

[[folder:Simulation Game]]
* Due to its IsometricProjection, ''VideoGame/SimCity 2000'' takes this trope to the next dimension. Though each building in the game has only one sprite, there are ''four'' different viewing angles. This is made especially glaring as most of the buildings are obviously asymmetrical yet appear exactly the same when viewed from the north or south. When viewed from the east or west, the sprites are simply mirrored.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** A general problem in majority of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games, though in the ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS DS]]'' and ''[=DS=] Cute'' games it can be easy to not notice, since the characters are not ''too'' asymetrically designed.
** Whoever designed the main characters in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonGrandBazaar'' did not think about how they would be affected by this trope. They have a feather that they wear on one side of their hat, and a small bag they carry on one side of their body, both of which constantly switch places as they change direction.
** Same problem in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning''. Especially noticeable with Allen and his diagonally aligned bangs that are either on his left or right side and Tina with her tiny ponytail, depending on which side of the box their sprites appears on.

[[folder:Sports Game]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' game "Four Nations Tournament", Zuko's scar is on his left eye like in the cartoon when he's player one's character but on his right eye when he's player two's character.

[[folder:Strategy Game]]
* Really obvious in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' games with the Alt Eisen. In the Rampage Ghost attacks in the second game, the autocannon and revolver stake will magically switch places halfway through the attack, in the case of the stronger variation you actually get to see the change as it happens onscreen. Also in a scripted event midway through the first game you see Kyosuke say that the left arm is unusable before proceeding to use an attack which uses a weapon usually on the right arm, but as he's an enemy for that mission it appears on the left.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series uses this and you can see it when a unit uses a weapon. They will use the weapons in either hand, similar to Link from the Zelda games.
* Used in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' games until [=HoMM=] IV, which averted it. The walking dead from III is a particularly noteworthy example; it's a zombie with one of its arms rotted away, and can switch which of its arms is missing based on the direction its facing.
* Wookiee aircraft from ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalacticBattlegrounds'', for whatever reason, have engine pods hanging off one side, but not the other. Which side, ehm, ''depends''. Every other non-infantry unit (and most of the infantry, for that matter) are symmetrical, though, so they manage to avoid this.
* In ''VideoGame/WarCraftOrcsAndHumans'' and ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' , the units are mirrored when they look from left to right. Massively obvious is the Elven Destroyer, whose ''sails'' get switched around.
* Also happens in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', though it's only obvious with the [[SpaceMarine Terran Marine]] and Ghost units (and the {{Hero Unit}}s based off them), where their weapons will inexplicably change hands.
* ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'''s sprites have this a lot, due to having different weapons in each hand for the most part.
* Creator/NipponIchi games have this for all characters.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'', which has sprite characters in 3D environments. Pretty noticeable seeing as no model is symmetrical.
* ''VideoGame/TheBannerSaga'' plays this straight, which becomes really obvious in the case of [[spoiler:Iver/Yngvar, after he [[AnArmAndALeg loses an arm]] in the battle with Bellower. He can still swing an axe just as well with only one arm—just don't ask ''which'' arm it is.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', Umber Gnawbone's glass eye switches sockets when his sprite is flipped from right-facing to left-facing. The same applies to Siripent's EyepatchOfPower.
* Battle sprites and character potraits in VideoGame/LuminousArc and [[VideoGame/LuminousArc2 its]] [[VideoGame/LuminousArc3 sequels]] face the same problem. It's evident in battle by how characters hold their weapon, since the map uses [[IsometricProjection isometric projection]], characters hold their weapon with their dominant hand in two direction (presumably upper and lower left) and non-dominant hand for the other two.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* ''VisualNovel/MajorMinor'' is guilty as hell of this, since the game merely flips the sprite of the character if they're facing a different direction. Acheron is usually the first character people notice this on, since he has a scar that's only supposed to be on one side of his face, but it's also quite noticeable for any character with heterochromia, and there's at least two of them in the cast.

[[folder:Western RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall'' allows your character to switch between a weapon in his left hand and one in his right hand, even switch hands while fighting completely unarmed. Despite this difference, the animation for your chosen weapon hand always appears on the right side of the screen.
* In ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' the characters always hold their off hand closer to their screen than their main hand, leading to characters changing from right- to left-handed depending on your direction.
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' makes some effort to avert this, by only showing the characters from their right sides. However, in the battle with one of the bosses who uses CharmPerson, the mind-controlled characters go over to the enemy's side of the battle - and their sprites become simply flipped. Also, there is only one sprite showing a character sitting by a campfire. To create an illusion that the party is sitting in half-circle, the sprite is flipped for half of the party. This becomes noticeable if you have more than one member of the same character class in the party, and they're sitting at the opposite sides of the campfire. Especially the ones with eyepatches.

!!Non-video game examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'':
** Noriaki Kakyoin's [[FanNickname "hair noodle"]] is located on the right side of his head, but there are many occasions there it will flip to the left side. This is averted in ''[[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle All-Star Battle]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven Eyes of Heaven]]'', since they're 3D games.
** The same happens in ''Diamond is Unbreakable'' with Rohan's distinct sideways-slicked hairstyle.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The animated film ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' is an interesting case. In the manga, Astro Boy's asymmetrical hair spikes face the same way no matter which way he faces. The film was CGI, meaning Astro Boy needed a 3-Dimensional model. This left them with the problem of his hair looking awkward or even backwards when viewing him from the wrong side. They solved this by giving Astro Boy multiple models with his hair on either sides, and switched them between cuts if necessary.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', classic video game hero Fix-It Felix, Jr. is a straight example in that his hammer switches hands whenever he turns around, but Ralph averts this to keep the single suspender strap of his overalls on his right shoulder at all times. However, official {{Defictionalization}}s of their game leave out many frames of animation and substitute mirrorings of other frames, which shifts the strap onto Ralph's left shoulder in some poses. Stock 3D renders of the characters are also reversed sometimes, though in Felix's case, his name badge is flipped back into its correct place.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movies: like in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the parent show]], since the characters are made of Flash objects, they (or parts of them) often appear mirrored. It's more complicated than a simple flip, though; they have a "good side" that, in nearly every shot, starts out facing the camera. When a character turns around while visible in a shot, all of her features remain left-right consistent, and the other side shows. It's more notable with the girls wearing HairDecorations (Rarity, Fluttershy or Trixie), which flip from one side to the other between shots, or with Twilight's pink hair stripe.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Live action version of sorts: In the third ''Film/HarryPotter'' film, there's a visual gag in which the camera flies "through" a mirror and "into" the scene being reflected. This causes the scene to become a mirror image with Harry's scar on the wrong side of his forehead.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The AnimatedCreditsOpening for ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' with the part on Darrin's hair facing the camera whenever he turns his head (at least Dick York's anyway).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TomorrowsNobodies'', Ben's heterochromia occasionally switches eyes due to the nature of flash animation.
* In the Flash series ''[[WebAnimation/{{TOME}} TV Tome Adventures]]'', Zetto's character has one robotic arm, and it switches sides when he turns around.
* Many of the characters in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' have aspects that switch from side to side due to the image being flipped. For instance, Lumpy has one inverted antler; Russell has an eyepatch and hook hand; and Nutty has a lazy eye. All of them tend to switch from side to side, repeatedly within the same episode even.
* This happens occasionally on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. In the Cheat Commandos shorts, the Blue Laser Commander's eyepatch will switch sides every time he turns around, as a parody of the old ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe''-style animation it's based on.
* Played straight with the tears on the characters' clothes in [=DarkMatter2525=]'s video ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZplzRg6ZP4 Afterlife is Meaningless Without Afterafterlife]]'', but the 66 on one of them stays the same no matter which way he's turned.
* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries, the side that Fingers' thumb is situated on and the side that Stinky's slope is situated on have the tendency to flip throughout the series.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Done in ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'', probably for deliberate nostalgia reasons.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Spades Slick gets his [[EyeScream eye sewn shut]] when his ''other'' eye needed repair... [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003200 because his sprite was facing the wrong way at the time.]]
** Also [[ExploitedTrope exploited]] when loses his arm with the BarcodeTattoo on it and later gets it back. [[MemeticMutation you got to]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003249 FLIP it TURN-WAYS]] (note that the tattoo itself is an aversion, since it's always on the left arm).
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[BetterThanABareBulb Naturally]], it's been {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0401.html a couple]] of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0580.html times]]. Although in the first case, it wasn't so much that Roy's supposed to be wearing two different sized boots (and the gag is they swap feet), as that the boot nearest the reader looks bigger because it's closer (and the gag is that it actually is bigger. And they swap feet).
* Being a sprite comic, ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' naturally does this. Played with [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/02/09/episode-659-my-new-sword-technique-is-unstoppable/ when Black Mage loses a hand]], [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/02/11/episode-660-when-it-rains-it-pours/ then an arm]], [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2006/02/18/episode-663-surgical-precision/ and then loses both arms somehow]].
* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', especially when you see Angelo or some of his followers, who are fond of FashionableAsymmetry.
* And, again, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in sprite comic ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''.
* One of the characters in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' is ''genetically'' cut-and-paste. That is, her sprite is ambidextrous, among other attributes.
* ''Webcomic/MorphE'' tries to avoid this but often mirrors the Billy and Malloy sprites in particular. Tyler and Curio have text on their outfits and are forever doomed to stay facing the same way for eternity.
* ''Webcomic/SynodicReboot'': Averted with the characters Rennard and Cheral, who have asymmetrical fur patterns. However, the symbols on their outfits are still flipped.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ThePaulPowersShow'': Since most videos use sprite representations for characters, this is to be expected. Notably, the watch on Paul's wrist switches sides when he turns in the opposite direction.
* The avatar sprites on ''Website/GaiaOnline'' do this often. It's very noticeable if your avatar is holding an object in one hand, or is wearing something asymmetrical.
* Spoofed in the final battle of ''WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Since the ponies are made of Flash objects, they--or parts of them--often appear mirrored. It's more complicated than a simple flip, though. The ponies seem to have a "good side" that, in nearly every shot, starts out facing the camera. When a pony turns around while visible in a shot, all of her features remain left-right consistent, and the other side shows--unless they turn around very quickly, in which case the Flash object gets flipped, and the "good side" stays to the fore.
** This is especially prominent in the case of Fluttershy and Rarity, whose manes can obscure their faces. They always begin every shot with their bangs out of their faces, whether facing right or left, ''except'' when the shot calls for Fluttershy to look [[PeekABangs extra shy]] or Rarity to look worried or depressed.
** Around 30% of shots with Rainbow Dash in them show her mane's colors in the wrong order. Generally speaking, the red stripe is on her right, but the mistakes have no discernible pattern.
** In "It's About Time", Twilight's eyepatch frequently changes sides, though it spends the majority of time on her right eye.
** Averted in Creator/{{Gameloft}}'s mobile device game where the 3D models were used instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz'', another Flash-animated show, is quite obvious about this. Sometimes it isn't ''too'' noticeable, as most of the characters have symmetrical appearances, but it just looks weird when a question mark on their shirt is backwards.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' (partially flash-made), this happens to Gumball's whiskers (he always has three on one side and two on the other, but they often flip sides) and Carrie's asymmetrical PeekABangs. Gumball's case crosses over with CheatedAngle, as it seems his face actually is symmetrical, just with one whisker always out of view because we never see his face from the front.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SallyBollywood'' (which is animated in Flash) Sally often wears a top with an elephant facing left, but sometimes her model is flipped and the elephant is facing right.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'''s character models are flipped in the music videos and regular episodes, resulting in Geela's scar, Chamberlin's beauty mark, and Athena's short sleeve swapping positions.
* Happens occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' in yet another flash-animated show (which is more [[LimitedAnimation limited]] compared to the others here). As most of the characters have fairly symmetrical appearances, this isn't too much of a problem. However, it still occurs since the characters are almost always flipped, causing anything that they have on them (such as a phone or a different outfit) to be flipped as well.


[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' averts this wholly and completely. The developer actually used [[DigitizedSprites 3D model animation renders]] to get all of the character graphics (except the giant mecha final boss), both right and left versions, so averting this was geometrically guaranteed.
* ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' avoids this: Will always wields his flute with his right hand, Freedan uses his sword right-handed, and Shadow slashes with his right arm.
* ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer'' does as well; Blader is exclusively a righty. Even his crabwalking animations are exclusive to each cardinal compass direction.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', [[spoiler:Ballos]]' right eye is always red while his left eye is always white. However, his death animation plays this straight, and Malco also falls for this trope.
* While [=2D=] ''Zelda'' games usually include this trope, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons/Ages]]'' have Link carry his shield in the correct hand (his right, since he's left-handed) when he has it equipped but not active, regardless of direction faced. When blocking with it, he falls under this when facing left or right, but up or down has the shield closer to his right side.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', Rosa the Subrosian always carries her key on her left side, regardless of which direction she's facing.
* In the [=MSX2=] ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games (''[[VideoGame/MetalGear1 Metal Gear]]'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''), Big Boss's eyepatch is always drawn on the right side of his face, regardless of which direction he is facing. Oddly enough, the character illustrations in the Japanese manual of the first game depicts Big Boss wearing an eyepatch on his left eye, which is inconsistent with his in-game sprite.
** Solid Snake himself and some of the enemy soldiers also have separate sprites when they're facing east or west. However, the original game plays this straight when Snake is unarmed (this was corrected in ''Metal Gear 2'').
* In the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series from ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' onwards, Samus has different set of sprites depending on which direction she's facing, with a short animation of her pivoting in place when changing directions starting from ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''. Sprites for facing the other direction even [[http://tcrf.net/Metroid#Unique_Left.2FRight_Sprites existed in the first game's data]], but [[DummiedOut went unused]] for whatever reason.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' by a single whip frame, and also when he's coming down from a jump (he holds his hat in place with his left hand regardless of which direction he's facing). Other than that, his sprite is quite ambidextrous. The remake, for the most part, fixes this by apparently making him ''actually ambidextrous'': he uses main weapons left-handed and subweapons right-handed. The sprite where he faces the screen to hold something aloft always has him holding the item in his right hand, which can look a little awkward in the transition from facing sideways.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' saga, from [[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves the second game]], averts it by having a main character able to switch hands, regarding of the side of the cover he's hiding behind. You can see him dropping the gun with one hand to catch it with the other. On the other hand, his animations for reloading the gun are mirrored, but the guns themselves aren't.

[[folder:Action Game]]
* Two-Face, in the ''VideoGame/BatmanForever'' BeatEmUp for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, possesses not only separate sprites but entirely different movesets depending on which way he's facing, as a nod to his dual nature.
** Also in ''VideoGame/BatmanForeverTheArcadeGame'' for [=PlayStation=], his bad and good sides switch places depending on which side he faces.
* The main concept of ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage'' is an aversion of this trope, as main character Shyna is one of few beings in the game who is half Silhouette and half Mirage - literally, being split down the middle with one attribute on each side. Since she generally faces left or right during the game, only one half is seen at a time, and the visible half determines the affinity of her attacks. Sprite mirroring is still used, since she has the ability to swap her Mirage and Silhouette sides in order to use their attacks in opposite directions.
* In ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', all the regular enemies have all eight views stored and used for all movement poses. Some later ports of the game also avert this in the laziest sense by storing just ''one'' view, making enemies always face the player and removing what little stealth potential the game had.
** The Jaguar port, which is based on the SNES adaptation, reduces the many walking sprites to just ''two'' and they get mirrored to simulate the effect. Thankfully, with the Macintosh release this was averted.
* Partially averted in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''Doom 2''. About half of the enemies, in particular ones that favor their right hand (like the Cyberdemon with its ArmCannon, the Baron and Knight, and the Revenant for melee), store all eight views for rotation, while half of others, including human players and regular or shotgun zombies, only store the minimal five and mirror the left-facing ones for the right side.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' has this all over, which leads to confusion about which freaking hand the guy's pistol/shotgun is in (the correct answer, of course, is [[GunsAkimbo both]]).
* In the SNES ''Jurassic Park'' game, all eight views of Grant depict him holding his weapon on his right side.
* In the ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken 2]]'' game for the UsefulNotes/MegaDrive, Kenshiro wears bandages around his left arm and an armband on his right. The bandages and armband are drawn accordingly based on the direction Kenshiro is facing. Note that this was changed in the game's overseas version of ''[[DivorcedInstallment Last Battle]]'', where [[DubNameChange Aarzak]] wears bandages on both of his arms.

[[folder: Card Games]]
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' averts this for Yugi, Yami Yugi, Bandit Keith, and the Puppeteer of Doom, who have unique left/right poses and walking animations.

[[folder:Eastern RPG]]
* Averted in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. When viewing the status of the Pokemon in your party or your PC, or looking at them in the Pokedex most asymmetrical Pokemon like Absol or Roselia aren't flipped like symmetrical ones are. However, even though the bubble pattern on Azumarill's stomach isn't symmetrical, it still gets flipped.
** And in the first ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games, the Absol that joins you is the only one to have two different portraits.
*** In Time/Darkness/Sky, [[KnightofCerebus Darkrai]] also has two different portraits.
** But in [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl D/P/PT]], (at least) when running or riding your bike, the part of your scarf that hangs off your neck switches sides depending on whether you're going east or west. And yes, it is supposed to be on only one side, as you can see by going north or south.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' have a mechanic where your lead Pokemon follows you around throughout the game. Asymmetrical Pokemon get different "walking west" and "walking east" sprites. Bizarrely, they did that for the Pokemon but STILL not for the human characters.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' averts this with the PC sprites (scarves and such), as well as Ghetsis' (because of his weird...monocle thing).
* Every ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' game ever.
** The Japanese version of the first one (and ''only'' the first one) cheated its way out - the characters always face the screen... as in, they move around like pieces in a board game (''Dragon Warrior'' fixed this by giving everyone separate walking sprites for each of the four cardinal directions).
** This is sometimes used as an odd visual form of NominalImportance. Important characters will have sprites that switch directions, unimportant {{NPC}}s will not.
* In ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', fortians always have their eyepiece covering the correct eye, even in the in-battle portraits (which flip depending on whether the character is the target or attacker). Other non-symmetrical features on other characters are also on the proper side.
* ''VideoGame/StarOcean'':
** Roddick's sprite for the EnhancedRemake, ''VideoGame/StarOceanFirstDeparture'', has this, but instead of wielding the sword in one-hand he's always shown wielding the sword with ''two'' hands. (As opposed to just one) Other characters like T'Nique and Welch wield their weapons in two-hands, and Ilia attacks with her fists (Which can be drawn from ''either'' side and make sense) but other characters switch hands a lot.
** Rena's sprite in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' has the crescent-shaped pin swap sides whenever she turns.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has ordinarily left/right-swapping 2-D character portraits for all the bilaterally symmetric characters, but both Bart and Sigurd have patches over their eyes. Each character has two different portraits depending on whether they are being viewed from the left or from the right, [[spoiler:which is slightly plot-important as their eyepatches are on different eyes from each other and this enables them to both simultaneously use the Fatima Jasper retinal scanner during a CutScene]]. This asymmetry is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one scene, where Bart and Sigurd are noticed to both be wearing their eyepatches on the wrong eye--this is a practical joke on their part.
* Since ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheDrunkenPaladin'' uses PartyInMyPocket, you only see Anebriate, whose character sprite always has his spear in his right hand. It doesn't show up if you're facing left or up.
* Zappa's portrait in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' always keeps the correct eye scarred over... though each world's Zappa is missing a different eye. This wasn't originally the case in the demo.
* Averted flawlessly in ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. Any asymmetrical features of the protagonist are correctly placed no matter which direction she faces. This is most prominent with the knife effect, because you can even switch which hand holds it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has many enemies who have been cybernatically enhanced, so parts of their faces and bodies are metal. So when they switch directions, their sprite shows either a metal side to them, or a biological side. This is clearest with the Return of Octobot enemies based on ''VideoGame/EarthBound's'' Octobots, since they're almost all shiny metal on one side and almost all dingy metal on the other.
* As far as default sprites go, this is nearly always averted in ''VideoGame/RPGMaker'', since all sprites have animations for all four possible directions and asymmetrical sprites usually use proper versions for left-facing and right-facing respectively unless the difference is so minor it wouldn't really matter. Some private sprite designers may however be lazy and just flip the left and right sprite to reduce work, but then again that's not the program's fault.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'' averts this for all of the storyline characters. The most obvious case is with TheHero Rain, who is also the lead character in exploration dungeons in the first season. He has a cloak and sash that's tied off on his right, and it's consistently depicted that way regardless of which direction he faces. It even applies to characters like Luka, who only briefly are active in the story. The game's second season amplifies this - while only Rain and Fina obviously had FashionableAsymmetry in the first season, the entire main party has degrees of it in the second.

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* Gill from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' was designed specifically to show that the CP System III (the arcade board the game ran on) could be used to avert this problem. The red half of his body always faces to the left of the screen, and the blue half always faces to the right, no matter which direction he turns. His special attacks even change depending on which way he's facing. His secretary, who shows up in his win poses, has an asymmetrical haircut for this reason as well.
** And then they played it straight with Oro in the same game, as noted above.
* All of the character models in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' series were modeled with right-handed stances, and kept this even on the right player's side (their back would face the screen).
** The same goes for Capcom's other early 3D fighters, ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' and ''VideoGame/StarGladiator''.
* Dee Jay is another ''Street Fighter'' example. His pants read "MAXIMUM"... because that's a symmetrical word when written vertically, so he doesn't need a separate right and left sprite. Originally it was meant to say "MANTIS."
* ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' may not have aversions at the first glance, but should you only look at Ai's baseball cap and it all comes obvious.
** Ai has an aversion, but not Shiki which was carried directly from ''[=SvC Chaos=]''. Well, you know. Her eyes.
* Jax in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' has two bionic arms instead of the one his designers had wanted, for the reason that it would have taken more work to stop his bionic arm changing sides when he turned around.
** The same trick is used to solve a similar problem in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. The characters in that game are 3D models, solving the ambidextrous sprite problem. In fact, these games go one step further by making the stances for the characters irrelevant and having the characters be internally ambidextrous: the buttons are mapped to the characters' limbs and labeled "Front" and "Back". The characters are able to fight the same regardless of which hand is out in front and the player can switch their stances manually by pressing both kicks together. Due to this design, ''9''[='s=] GuestFighter Freddy Krueger is given two bladed gloves to make his fighting style symmetrical.
** Drahmin averts this in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', with his [[BladeBelowTheShoulder club-arm]] always being on his right.
* In ''VideoGame/NarutoClashOfNinja 2'', during the SuperMovePortraitAttack, the portrait is slightly different depending on what side you're facing. This is done because the Leaf headbands would look odd when mirrored, and some characters have accessories (like bandages) that are on one of their arms but not the other. The other games just show the characters flashing straight-forward in the middle of the screen.
* In the first ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' game, The character's portrait poses in the selection screen were mirrored. However, Only the ''pose'' was mirrored. One-sided objects and accessories (like the Saiyans' scouters or that red band on Raditz's left forearm) remained on their proper side.
* The ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series completely averts this by having character's backs face the screen. You will see the front or back of your character depending on what player you are.
** Raphael is, however, left handed solely so he can face the screen when wielding his rapier when selected by player one.
* Sprite based fighting games based on ''Manga/OnePiece'', such as ''Gigant Battle'', always make an exception for Sanji, whose hair prominently covers one of his eyes.
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX'' and its derivatives, Sol's turning animation includes him swapping his weapon between hands. [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np2/char2/gif/sol/sol-turn.gif Observe]]. Ky's does as well.
* In ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'' the non-symmetrical characters have two artworks depending on if they are player one or two ([[http://i.imgur.com/BpcQrrg.jpg Shadow]] [[http://i.imgur.com/MbpZ3t4.jpg Mewtwo]] with the PowerCrystal in his left shoulder and [[http://i.imgur.com/BNc0lRi.jpg Pikachu]] [[http://i.imgur.com/bi2kPWy.jpg Libre]] with the symbol on her mask).
* Hilda from ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'' has both heterochromia and a dress that's split down the middle with black on one side and white on the other with the game showing the correct color of either side, regardless of where she is facing.

* ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' usually has sprites for the various characters outside combat, but their appearance when aiming the laser pistol becomes mirrored.
* ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'' plays with this trope, Conrad has animations for putting his handgun in his opposite hand when he turns around with it aimed upwards.
* Interesting case of aversion in ''VideoGame/DKKingOfSwing'': Towards the end of the tutorial segment, Cranky Kong turns to the opposite direction and walks away. His sprites are mirrored, of course, but in his turn-around animation, he actually switches his cane to the other hand, making the sprite-flipping seamless.
** However, it's played straight with K. Rool from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games, whose larger eye switches sides when he turns. This happens in numerous other games in which he's appeared as well.
** Donkey Kong also does this in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''. He holds barrels one-handed and switches hands when he turns around.
** The Bouncylisks in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' do this as well. They hold berries in their tail. When they turn around, they swing their tail around to the other side of the berries.
** This also happens in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''. If you look closely, you can see your character, [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent whoever it may be,]] switch their weapon in their hands so the sprites can work while mirrored.
** And the 2D ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' games.
** Also, in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'', whenever Zero turns around while hanging from something by one hand, there's a quick animation of him switching hands.
** ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' does this with the Love-Love Stick during the final boss fight.
** This also happens with the protagonist's gun in the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game ''Zub'', specifically because [[http://www.zee-3.com/pickfordbros/archive/view.php?post=101 this trope annoyed the developers]].
** Scrooge [=McDuck=] follows Cranky Kong's example in [[VideoGame/DuckTales DuckTales Remastered]], putting his cane in his other hand in the new turn-around animation.
*** Note that these cases count as aversion because most games with mirrored sprites usually [[Instant180DegreeTurn have no turnaround animation at all]].
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' averts it, even though Keen is mostly symmetrical save for the Computer Wrist and raygun holster he wears. The games do so primarily to keep the lighting consistent -- Keen is always lit from the right of the screen.
* In the Master System game ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'' (and its [=TurboGrafx 16=] remake, ''Dragon's Curse'') the main character (Bocke Lee Temjin) goes through a series of transformations, and has no less than six sets of sprites. Each form has separate left- and right-facing sprites for all of Bocke's forms that depicts him holding his sword on his right hand and his shield on his left. The positions of his arms are different facing left and right to keep his shield forward and reach consistent.
** Only one of Bocke's forms (a fire-spitting Lizardman) has his sprites mirrored.
** However, Mouse-Man uses the wrong sprites when climbing a left-facing wall or a ceiling.
* In ''VideoGame/AlterAila Genesis'', one of the main character's eyes is different from the other, and if you look at the sprites you can see it changes depending on which way he's facing.
* ''[[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/kagiri/kagiri.htm Kagirinaki Tatakai]]'', a Japanese computer game brought out of obscurity by Website/HardcoreGaming101, features multiple technical innovations for the time it was made. Among others, it averts this by featuring separate sprites for facing left or right, in a game stored on cassette tape (meaning there wasn't much memory to work with) and written for the Sharp X1 computer [[OlderThanTheNES in 1983]].
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' largely plays this straight, but has an aversion with Milla Basset; her outfit is largely symmetrical, but she wears a green bracelet and orange anklet on her right side, while wearing an orange bracelet and green anklet on her left (although given she's almost always slightly facing the camera, her right side is her sprite's left side, and vice versa). Special care was given to ensure this small case of FashionableAsymmetry is consistent for all her sprites, regardless of which direction she's facing.

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* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is inconsistent with this. Sometimes it's played straight (the stains on Jowd's shirt), sometimes it's used but justified (guards swap their guns between their hands whenever they turn around), and occasionally it's subverted (Beauty's [[AnimeHair hair]]).
* In ''DragonBallZDokkanBattle'', every character in the game have two sprite sets that mirrors their current animations. However, one-sided objects and accessories (such as the kanji on Goku/Krillin/Yamcha's gi, the Saiyans' scouters, the sash on Gotenks/Gogeta's belt, etc.) will always remain on their proper side. Additionally, some characters will have a slightly altered animation, such as the LaserBlade on Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black's hand always being on his right hand.

[[folder:Sports Games]]
* The switch-hitters from ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'' have mostly mirrored sprites and gimmicks when they come up to bat, but the face is never mirrored.

[[folder:Strategy Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', Nergal's turban always hides his right eye. [[spoiler:No points for guessing [[GoodScarsEvilScars what he reveals under it]] in the last chapter...]]
** Idenn of ''Sword of Seals'' has heterochromia.
** Prominent instances of it being played straight:
*** Vaida, with a huge scar over her eye. Concept art shows it on the left eye, but her portrait is flipped repeatedly during conversations.
*** And [[TheOjou Priscilla]]. The portrait and the animations show her wearing a feather behind her left ear, but when she's mirrored it gets flipped too, meaning that in some conversations she appears to be wearing white feathers behind both ears.
*** Most obvious for Canas, who wears a monocle that always flips. His concept art shows it on his right eye.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' TheHero Chrom has two different portraits for facing left and right. Everyone else however plays this straight.
* ''VideoGame/MechCommander'' has consistent sprites for all Battlemechs. This is no small feat because while many of their designs are symmetrical as [[TabletopGame/BattleTech the source material dictates]], that same source material means several of the 'Mechs are also extremely lopsided. This is most notable with the Hollander, which [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Hollander goes for broke]] in the ShoulderCannon department. The cannon is consistently shown to rest in the 'Mech's right shoulder. The game is also notable for remembering which pieces of a 'Mech are destroyed; for instance, if a particular 'Mech's right arm is blown off, the game will permanently remove the right arm from all angles of display for that 'Mech (instead of accidentally removing the left arm by mirroring), including its the sprites for its death animations.

[[folder:Western RPG]]
* Averted during one part of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheDrunkenPaladin''. The trope is mainly played straight when the main character Anebriate faces left or right because he has no asymmetrical features showing. One area of the game changes his sprite because he dons a winter parka to deal with the harsh cold weather. During this part, he carries his spear with him, and it stays in his right hand regardless of facing up, down, left, or right.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' with every character sprite that doesn't have a symmetrical costume. Some examples include:
** The ComicBook/FantasticFour's costumes will always have the "4" properly displayed.
** The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk's World War Hulk armor, where the metal guard is correctly on his left arm even when the sprite is facing right.
** Even though {{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} will change with which arm he holds his bow depending on which side he's facing, his Heroic Age suit will always have the chain mail in his left arm and a sleeveless arm in his right hand, even if that means when he's facing left he's using the chain mail in the arm he doesn't need to, and he's leaving his holding arm totally exposed to be bowstring recoil.
** ComicBook/WarMachine's shoulder cannon (or machine gun) will always be in his left shoulder and his missle launcher in his right shoulder
*** While his Iron Patriot costume has the shoulder cannon in a different shoulder depending on which direction he's facing (justified because the position of the cannon in said armor is not fixed and can be moved left or right), his nametag in unreadably small letters, the "FF 445" in his shoulder, and the "002" in his arm will always be in the left side of the armor.
** {{ComicBook/Cable}}'s Techno-Organic infected arm will always be his left arm.
** While he only appears in dialogue, ComicBook/NickFury's eyepatch will always be in his left eye, and his S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the left side of his chest.
** Phil Coulson's cardkey will always be in the left side of his chest, regardless of where his dialogue image is facing.
* Most character images in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' are mirrored regardless of the fact that many characters aren't symmetrical, but there's one exception, [[InspectorJavert Juste Volerti]]. His body remains facing front while his head turns right and left regularly, showing that he has one eye and one eyepatch. Probably his body isn't mirrored because he only has one arm. His lack of a left hand is essential in one of the endings.

[[folder:Non-Video Game Examples]]
* Despite the examples above where the trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and [[ExploitedTrope exploited]], it's also averted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' on [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004692 this page]] (Warning: ''very'' large Flash animation!). The character sprites are not only asymmetric, but also are also different depending on whether they're facing left or right.[[note]]You can't say the same of the {{CharacterPortrait}}s during dialogue, though. Which is weird considering Vriska's left eye has seven pupils.[[/note]]
* An OlderThanTheNES example; ComicStrip/LilAbner had an odd design quirk where the part in his hair ''always'' faces the viewer, no matter which direction Abner is facing. When asked “Which side does Abner part his hair on?," creator Al Capp answered, [[TakeAThirdOption “Both.”]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', it's been repeatedly shown that Odie has a spot [[JustifiedTrope on both sides of his body]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ([[ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy the show, not the toy line]]) [[JustifiedTrope justifies it]] with cutie marks. While ''My Little Pony'' toys, including contemporary ones, have only one cutie mark on the left flank, the show flip-flops on this matter for most of the first season before ultimately settling for one mark on each flank.